Category: Motor Racing
Podiums for Threadgill

Chris Threadgill has made a rather successful transition from racing on two wheels to racing on four. Today he brings us his race report from Brands Hatch a few weeks ago.

Saturday Qualifying: I managed to get out onto the track second in the queue behind Harry Mangion, but after two laps decided to get past and up the pace as I didn’t think we were circulating quick enough for a strong grid position. 

As it is only a 15 minutes qualifying session, there isn’t much time to be hanging around!  I put in several good laps in a row, and was sitting on provisional pole for most of the session.  I started to develop a cloud of smoke coming from under the bonnet on the left hand side, which was filling the cockpit of the car and also covering my tyres in oil. 

I drove around this and kept pushing on regardless.  Two laps from the end I made a mistake into turn two when I was -0.5 seconds up on my fastest lap and I had to bail out of the lap.  Unfortunately this was the fastest lap of the session and I got pushed from pole position back down to third on the grid.

The problem turned out to be a faulty oil catch-tank which was overflowing and sending oil everywhere so very lucky not to have been black-flagged from the session or to have spun out on my own oil!

Race 1 – starting from P3 on the grid I got a good start and held my position for the first lap.  Rounding the final corner of lap one, the top four were side-by-side heading 2-by-2 down the finish straight.  Leaving it as late as I dared, I outbraked the two cars in front heading into Paddock Hill bend to take the lead. 

Following a short safety car period, I pulled the pin and build my lead up to nearly two seconds and then just managed the gap for the last few laps to ensure I brought the car home for my first win of the season.

Race 2 – starting from Pole I got another great start and lead the race for the first six laps, pulling away to a 1.7 second lead.  I ran wide out of Sheene Curve two laps from then end, ending up on the grass and dropping down to P2 with a one second gap to the leader.  Digging deep on the remaining two laps I managed to pull right back onto the rear of Harry Mangion heading into the final corner. 

I opted to go around the outside as I knew I was faster through Clearways, using the extra speed to pull alongside down the finish straight.  It was a photo-finish, which ended up with myself being P2, but only 0.04 seconds from the win!

So in summary, a fantastic end to my rookie season of car racing!  One win, one fastest lap, five podiums and seven top 10 finishes is a dream!  I ended up third overall in the championship and the only privateer inside the top 10!

We now focus on setting up a Wildcard entry into the next level of the Ginetta racing ladder, the G40 Cup, which returns to action at Donington Park on 14/15 September as part of the British GT paddock.

Images courtesy of Jakub Ebrey

 
Hill ready for Thruxton

25 year-old BRDC Member Jake Hill heads to the high-speed sweeps of Thruxton confident of a strong performance.

Having taken points in two of the three races there in May, and having challenged for a podium position last-time out at Snetterton.

The Trade Price Cars Racing star comes to the fastest circuit in the UK in an impressive 5th in the Independent Drivers category, with the TPC team 4th in their debut season.

“I love the challenge of Thruxton. It’s a proper old-school circuit, and we were in good shape last time we were here – since then we’ve understood the car so much more, so hopefully we will be in a really good place to challenge for points” said Hill.

Trade Price Cars Racing and Hill have been a revelation in  2019 – taking a podium on their debut at Brands Hatch, and scoring points at every race weekend so far, with Hill taking a ‘Win’ at Oulton Park and challenging for a podium at Snetterton.

“We are so close to getting more podiums and maybe even a Win. The team have been superb – I absolutely love being part of TPC and AmD, it’s the most successful and enjoyable season I’ve ever had in BTCC…let’s see where we end up!” smiled Hill.

Hill and the TPC crew are also delighted to be welcoming local partners Racetruck to Thruxton, who will join Aston Lark and Ocean Fire and Security and Procurri  as his guests, all keen to cheer on Hill and his team-mate, former F1 driver Mark Blundell.

Images courtesy of www.pspimages.co.uk

   
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